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Reform of the banana market: Working options and launch of consultation

The reform of the European market in bananas, started on 1 January with the liberalisation of the import regime, is continuing in 2006 with a re-examination of the internal aspects of the Common Market Organisation (CMO) that regulates aid to European banana producers.

Following the debate launched with the publication of an independent evaluation of the CMO since it was set up in 1993 fr and a series of hearings with interested parties and stakeholders, the Commission steering group set up to analyse the impact of the reform has now published the topics and options that will be explored, along with a call for contributions.

Consultation document [pdf]

The four reform options and the chosen topics will now be analysed, with the aim of getting a better understanding of the consequences and impact of the different possibilities for the future of the banana regime.

The steering group would like to include proposals by interested parties and civil society organisations in its analysis. Whether it concerns the Common Agricultural Policy or other EU policies and actions, this input will help the Commission and European policy-makers to build a richer information database on the challenges of the reform and the possibilities for improving the economic, social and environmental sustainability of banana production and marketing.

The consultation will remain open until 8 May 2006.

Contributions should be sent

  • or by post to:

    European Commission
    Banana GPI
    c/o Antonella ZONA
    130, rue de la Loi
    B-1049 Brussels

The results of the consultation will be reflected in the steering group's report, which is due to be published in summer 2006.